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Nissan Pathfinder, Towing, SUV
#20 of 42 Re: Travel trailer and the 2006 Pathfinder [tidester]
Aug 09, 2007 (10:54 am)
I just purchased a 2007 Pathfinder SE and am adding the brake controller and 7-pin connector today. I was surprised to learn it already had a transmission cooler since that wasn't indicated on the edmunds site.
I will be towing a 3200-lb (dry) 26-ft. Trail-Cruiser 26QBH trailer to Bristol for the NASCAR race next week. 4 big guys, lots of beer and gear - should be a good test for the Pathy over mostly level ground.
I'm curious whether anybody has experience adding a K&N intake kit to a vehicle to increase performance (and presumably MPG as well). The kit I'm considering is the Air Charger Performance Kit (part #63-6014), and it will allegedly add about 14 HP to the 266 that is provided by the stock Pathy. Might be worth it for $270, especially if fuel mileage improves. I can't tell that it creates any warranty issues with Nissan, either.
#21 of 42 Re: Travel trailer and the 2006 Pathfinder [sphiss]
Oct 19, 2007 (4:59 am)
Great forum... I have a 2006 Pathfinder SE, which is a rare sight in SE Michigan. In the past month, I have added a brake controller, 7-pin connector, weight distribution hitch, and a K&N air charger intake kit (63-6014) to pull my ~4000 lb hybrid travel trailer. So far, so good.
We just returned from a long weekend trip out of the flatlands and into the rolling hills of Kentucky. With the exception of the poor roads in SE Mich, the trip was great. The Pathfinder had no problems pulling the trailer at 65 mph on the expressways and through the rolling hills of Kentucky, averaging ~ 10.5 mpg for the entire trip. Does anybody else have experience pulling a 4000 lb trailer with a 60 sq. ft. frontal area with the Pathy. I am curious how my mpg compares to others that have not done the cold air intake upgrade yet.
#22 of 42 Re: Travel trailer and the 2006 Pathfinder [wohlyzep]
Oct 19, 2007 (5:49 am)
Did the Nissan dealer install or supply the 7 pin connector and/or the brake controller or at least the pig tail for the controller?
#23 of 42 Re: Travel trailer and the 2006 Pathfinder [kipk]
Nov 01, 2007 (10:50 am)
The RV dealer installed both the brake controller using a Nissan specific pigtail and the 7 pin connector. This took them about 2.5 - 3 hours in labor, so it wasn't cheap at their rates.
#24 of 42 Towing. Brake Controller Install -2001 Pathfinder
Mar 10, 2008 (12:31 pm)
I have a 2001 Pathfinder. I need to add a brake controller. A. are there any pre existing connectors under the dash to connect the controller? B. Where can I find a how to wire a brake controller in guide or video?
#25 of 42 Boat towing with 06 Pathfinder
Mar 16, 2008 (8:26 am)
I'm looking to purchase a boat with the idea of staying reasonably within my towing capacity. With a GCWR of 11,133 and curb weight of 4716 plus a tank of fuel and a few passengers, it appears that I'm left with 5500 to 5600 left over despite the listed 6000 towing capacity. Does that seem correct? A decent sized family boat and trailer with fuel and water will come in right around 5000. Is this too close? Anyone with similar experiences? Thanks
#26 of 42 Re: Boat towing with 06 Pathfinder [hmpl809]
Apr 03, 2008 (1:22 pm)
You should be fine. I have a 21' 4500lb boat/trailer combo and a 25' travel trailer that weighs about 5500+lbs. Towing a boat is a walk in the park compared to a TT. I used to have an '01 Pathfinder that had a 5000lb capacity and it towed my boat fine. Suspension wasn't up to the task, but I was borderline overloaded with wife, kids, & gear.
I currently tow with a Suburban and while it handles the weight much better, I can honestly say it doesn't have any more towing power. Those Nissan powertrains just rock.
What you'll need to watch is tongue weight. Most boats are in the 5-10% of gross weight for tongue weight. You'll need to make sure your not overloading the rear axle, which can cause some handling issues. Get the boat and have fun. Being that close to the GCWR, I'd recommend not towing real far.
#27 of 42 Re: Boat towing with 06 Pathfinder [dieselone]
Apr 03, 2008 (8:41 pm)
Thanks for the insight. We think we have a good match and will be towing relatively short distances to begin with. Once we figure it all out we'll see what our range is. Thanks again.
#28 of 42 Re: Boat towing with 06 Pathfinder [dieselone]
May 19, 2008 (8:04 pm)
I've seen your reply on the forum so I thought I'd ask you this question (and anyone else who reads this). Will an older Pathy (3.0 V6) be able to comfortably pull a small boat (1,500 lbs)? I don't want to stress out the engine or tranny. I trying to decide if I need to get a vehicle with say a 3.8 or 4.0. As you can probably tell from this message, I am fairly clueless when it comes to towing requirements.
#29 of 42 Re: Boat towing with 06 Pathfinder [ohioeagle]
May 20, 2008 (4:27 am)
I think the Paths with the 3.0L have a tow rating of 5000lbs, so you should have no issues with 1500 lbs. I have an '04 3.5L and and have towed at the 5000lb limit with no problems. If you find the tranny "hunting" for the right gear, just hit the OD off switch (shouldn't have to at only 1500 lbs) - the engine will run comfortably at the higher rpms and you'll be in a better spot in the power band.